Dazzy Vance: A Biography of the Brooklyn Dodger Hall of Famer

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McFarland, Jan 24, 2015 - Sports & Recreation - 218 pages
Charles “Dazzy” Vance became known as the strike out king after leading the National League in strikeouts seven years in a row. Dazzy mesmerized opposing hitters with a blazing fastball, off-the-tabletop curve, a high leg kick and a sleeve on the undershirt of his pitching arm with slits cut into it that would flutter and distract batters as he delivered the pitch. This famed baseball pitcher was in the minor leagues for 10 years and didn’t make it to the majors to stay until he was 31. He retired at age 44 just missing his goal of winning 200 games. He finished with 197 victories. In 1955, he became the first Brooklyn Dodgers player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. This biography covers the life of Vance, including the Major League Hall of Fame career and his personal life off the diamond. Also included is a list of Dazzy’s lifetime statistics, from 1915 through 1935, containing his 1934 World Series Game. Conversations held with family, friends, sports writers and teammates are quoted throughout this biography.
 

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Contents

The Old Jeepers Creepers
5
Aint it a dazzy?
13
I was just trying to think but I give up
28
Heres where I came in
40
You couldnt hit him on a Monday
51
The best pitch is the unexpected pitch
64
Three Men on Base Which Base?
82
Aint it awful?
94
He was what you call superstitious
137
They do the unexpected and the unexplainable
142
Days of Diminishing Dazzle
150
The Quest for 200
159
I never liked spring training anyway
172
Dazzy Vance Statistics
187
Chapter Notes
189
Bibliography
199

I for one cant slowball em
105
No More Daffiness Well Almost
121

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About the author (2015)

John C. Skipper, a political reporter for the Mason City (Iowa) Globe Gazette, has written numerous books on politics and baseball, including a history of the The Iowa Caucuses and acclaimed biographies of Grover Cleveland Alexander, Dazzy Vance and Charlie Gehringer.

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